Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Doi Chaang, Tipsy Brew O'Coffee & Griffiths

Coffee cultivated by the Akha tribe on Thai mountains in the Golden Triangle has come to KL, brewed for latte lovers at Jaya One's Doi Chaang cafe.

Certificates confirm Doi Chaang's credentials: single-estate organic Arabica coffee, shade-grown, hand-picked & sun-dried, with profits shared fairly with thousands of indigenous farmers in lush, ecologically sustainable Thai plantations.

Prices are perhaps 20 percent steeper than what many KL cafes charge, but thankfully, the people who run the show at Doi Chaang's first Malaysian outpost (we hope there'll be more!) seem more passionate than most about their coffee.

Can't say the coffee here tastes discernibly different though. Our taste buds remain unrefined.

Doi Chaang also offers kopi luwak, assuring customers that the civets responsible for production are fully wild, roaming freely & never force-fed coffee cherries.

Doi Chaang opens 9am-6pm & is closed Sundays. The cafe is extremely hidden & tiny, probably fitting little more than a dozen seated patrons.

Checking out more stops for coffee, here, there & everywhere: here's Tipsy Brew O'Coffee at Puchong's SetiaWalk complex.

Reasonable range at Tipsy Brew, including the likes of this hand-dripped Ethiopian Ninety Plus Amaro Dernaye (RM20.90) ...

... & a French Press Kenyan Kirinyaga AA Kiunyu (RM20.90).

Next up: Griffiths, a family-friendly offshoot of an Australian coffee company founded by James Griffiths in Melbourne in 1879.

Coffee & juices are all available at Griffiths' branch in Shah Alam's Setia City Mall. Nothing spectacular, but nicely serviceable.

And yep, there's another Griffiths somewhere in PJ New Town too.

Tipsy Brew O'Coffee @ Setia Walk Puchong

Doi Chaang Coffee @ 49, LG2, Block D, The Retail Lab Project, Jaya One.
Tipsy Brew O'Coffee @ Setia Walk Puchong.
Griffiths Coffee @ Setia City Mall Shah Alam.
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24 comments:

  1. How do you sleep after so much coffee in one go?

    Am glad to see the coffee culture picking up alla round KL.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh, i've ended up having some really late nights, when i'm still awake at 4am :D yeah, there are nice coffee places in most of the popular neighborhoods now, from bangsar to hartamas, from PJ to puchong =)

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  2. Eyewwww!!!! Kopi luwak...no, thank you.

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    1. Suituapui: it tastes OK to me, heh =)

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  3. SIPPING MY cuppa coffee while reading your post.. thank god I got myself some Nescafe at home ....or else i'll be looking at your photos and crave for a pick-me-up coffee aroma...

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    1. Eunice: heh, it's 2:30 pm now for me, and i still haven't had any coffee yet today :D

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  4. coffee culture's really starting to mature here, good thing! :D

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    1. KY: and there are many coffee experts buzzing around now (as well as wannabe coffee conversationalists)! :D

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  5. I think we will visit Doi Chaang Coffee first since it's nearer, hehehe. More cafe, yay!

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    1. CK: ya, i think that's a good choice. too bad it's closed on sundays, but you can try on a saturday. puchong setia walk is also actually not too far from your place. maybe only 20 mins drive! :D

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  6. Wish i could have tagged along your coffee adventure!!! next time bring me, can?

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    1. Augustdiners: caaaaaan! and after finishing the coffee, we go cari arak! :D

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  7. Walked pass Doi Chaang Coffee two weeks ago and i told myself, this is a very discrete coffee place.

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    1. Smitten By Food: hope you get a chance to check it out and see whether you enjoy the coffee here! :D

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  8. Tipsy Brew O'Coffee looks like a nice place for a cuppa drink. Next time I want ask HB to bring me there to menjamu selera lar... ^_^

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    1. Melissa: heh, yeah, it's spacious and peaceful. good for a quiet afternoon :D

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  9. I guess the coffee drinking allows you to stay up 24 hours a day so there is enough time for you to review so many places! I am a decaff girl..don't suppose any of those places had any?

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heh, strangely, as i drink more coffee, my tolerance for caffeine seems to be spiraling downward. i have no idea why! :D oooh, nopes, didn't notice decaf on the menu for any of these places, unfortunately =)

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  10. I was at Setia walk the other day....
    Drinking some cold malt "brown coffee" lol

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, beer! ya, lotsa beer outlets in setiawalk! :D

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  11. I am going to look up for Doi Chaang soon !

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    1. Wong: hope you like it, yeah =)

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  12. hohoho~ it's opened by my friend's younger sister.

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    1. 女飞侠: wishing her lots of success! :D

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